Tuesday, November 11, 2014

INW DII-III College Recap – Week Eleven: Whitworth men win NWC; Boise duo lead Redlands to surprise title

Among the Division II action this week in the GNAC, the MSU-Billings and Central Washington women were both knocked out in the semifinals of the conference tournament while Northwest Nazarene blanked MSUB on the men's side to finish the season prior to their invitation Monday to the NCAA tournament.

Meanwhile, in the Northwest Conference the Whitworth men held onto their recently re-acquired top spot in the conference by blanking Whitman to secure the league championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.

Outside of the region, a pair of Spokane players helped lead the back line of New Mexico Highlands on a run in the Division II RMAC tournament and Division III program University of Redlands surprised everyone, capturing the title as the fourth seed in their conference tournament thanks to the play of a pair of players from Boise.

Here is a rundown of the area schools and their conferences as well as how players from the Inland Northwest performed around the nation in the past week.

November 3-9 | Upcoming games PT & conference matches unless noted (NL)


Conference Tournament (@ Tukwila, WA)

Semifinals - Thursday, November 6

[3] Seattle Pacific 1-0 MSU-Billings [2]
Outshot 14-6 by the Falcons, Krystal Daniels made eight saves for the Yellowjackets to keep the game close. It was a 22 yard free kick from Isabell Farrell in the 34th, however, that she was unable to completely stop, continuing to the upper corner of the goal off her fingertips.  MORE [+]

[4] Central Washington 1-2 Western Washington [1]
After posting a scoreless draw in Bellingham that snapped the Vikings' 20-game home win streak in their last meeting, the Wildcats were looking for more of the same magic, but came up short. The Vikings took the lead on a scramble in the box 24 minutes in and held the advantage until the 74th. Keilin Farrand (Ellensburg, WA) curled a 20-yard cross from the right side that ended up swerving over the keeper and inside the far side netting instead to even things up. The hosts, though, re-established the lead four minutes later and held on for the victory.  MORE [+]

Championship - Saturday, November 8 

[3] Seattle Pacific 1-1 (5-4, PK) Western Washington [1]
For the second consecutive year, the Falcons won the league title in a shootout after a 1-1 draw. It sends them to the NCAA tournament for the 12th consecutive season.

Final Standings: Western Washington 11-0-3... MSU-Billings 9-3-2... Seattle Pacific 9-3-2... Central Washington 7-4-3... Western Oregon 4-6-4... Northwest Nazarene 3-10-1... Saint Martin's 3-10-1... Simon Fraser 2-12-0

Coming Up - ** NCAA TOURNAMENT ** 

Regionals (@ Western Washington & Cal State Los Angeles) 

First Round - Thursday, November 13 
[4] CSU-Stanislaus v Seattle Pacific [5] 10:00
[6] Point Loma v Cal Poly Pomona [3] 10:00

Second Round - Saturday, November 15 
SPU/CSUS @ Western Washington [1] 4:00
CPP/PL @ Cal State LA [2] 5:00

Full Bracket [+]


Saturday, November 8

Northwest Nazarene 3-0 MSU-Billings 
Fredy Razo dominated the contest, scoring twice in the first 14 minutes for the Crusaders on balls from Michael Mollay (Boise, ID) and Steven Garcia (Meridian, ID) and then completed the hat-trick in the second half. Five minutes in Garcia sent a ball into the box that Mollay, as goalkeeper Tom Lohmann came off his line, heeled to the onrushing Razo. Nine minutes later Garcia sent a ball over the back line that Razo collected before beating three defenders inside the area and placing it into the far back corner of the goal. Razo used his head for the final tally, heading in a cross at the six on a delivery from Marshall Hartley out of the left corner, beating reserve keeper Joe Scott (Edwall, WA). Ryan Foo made four saves for the shutout with Alfredo Ontiveros and several other regular starters receiving rest in the game.  NNU MORE [+] - MSUB MORE [+]

Saint Martin's 0-0 Seattle Pacific 
With his Falcons outshooting the visitors 19-7, Cody Lang (Spokane, WA) needed to only make two saves for the shutout, ensuring them finishing as the league champions outright instead of via tiebreakers.

South Dakota Mines 1-6 Mary 
Western Washington 0-2 Simon Fraser

Final Standings: Seattle Pacific 12-1-1... Northwest Nazarene 11-2-1... Simon Fraser 9-3-2... Western Washington 7-6-1... MSU-Billings 6-7-1... Mary 4-9-1... Saint Martin's 3-10-1... South Dakota Mines 0-14-0  [No conference tournament]

Coming Up - ** NCAA TOURNAMENT **

Regionals (@ Seattle Pacific University & Azusa Pacific)  

First Round - Thursday, November 13 
[5] Simon Fraser v Northwest Nazarene [4] - 3:00
[6] UC San Diego v Cal State Los Angeles [3] - TBD

Second Round - Saturday, November 15 
SFU/NNU @ Seattle Pacific [1] - 7:00
UCSD/CSLA @ Azusa Pacific [2] - TBD

Full Bracket [+]


Malia Maack (Spokane, WA) and Allison Jordan (Spokane, WA) once again helped lead New Mexico Highlands to a shutout win, guiding them to a 1-0 victory over Fort Lewis, a program they had not beaten since 2001, in the opening round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament Wednesday. They then traveled to face ninth-ranked Colorado School of Mines, whom they tied 0-0 earlier in the season, in the RMAC Semifinals, but came up short in a narrow 1-0 loss decided by a free kick goal in the first half. They finished as the winningest team in program history... Also in the RMAC playoffs, Maison O'Neill (Boise, ID) set up the opening goal for Regis in a 2-0 opening round win against Colorado State-Pueblo Wednesday before falling 3-0 to Metro State in the semifinals.


Friday, November 7

George Fox 0-1 (OT) Pacific 

Saturday, November 8

Whitworth 3-0 Whitman
The Pirates dominated their neighbors once again, locking up the conference title in the process. Mike Ramos (Spokane, WA) set up the first two goals with Eric Espinoza scoring on the rebound off a Niko Contos (Boise, ID) save of his shot in the 24th minute and then Tyler Clarke volleying his cross from the left side past Contos eight minutes later. Another Contos save of a Spencer Wolfe shot in the 69th rebounded to Kash Choudhary for the final goal and Tony Watters (Bend, OR) made three saves for the shutout.  MORE [+]

Linfield 1-4 Willamette 
Pacific Lutheran 1-2 Puget Sound

Final Standings: Whitworth 10-1-3... Willamette 10-2-2... Puget Sound 10-3-1... Pacific Lutheran 7-6-0... Whitman 6-7-0... Pacific 4-8-1... Linfield 4-8-1... George Fox 0-13-0 [No conference tournament]

Coming Up - ** NCAA TOURNAMENT ** 

Regionals (@ Emory University | Atlanta, GA)

First Round - Friday, November 14 
Whitworth v Covenant College - TBD
Berry College @ Emory University - TBD

Second Round - Saturday, November 15 

Full Bracket [+]


Friday, November 7

George Fox 1-2 Whitman 
The Missionaries finished the campaign with their first winning record since 2008 thanks Brianna Brown's winner on a corner in the 80th minute. Lena de Guzman started the play, sending the restart near post to Alissa Soo, who flicked it on to Brown for the volleyed finish. The hosts took the initial lead when a shot from Danielle Wieck deflected off a defender en route to goal in the 31st and the visitors tied it up in the 53rd.  MORE [+]

Pacific Lutheran 0-1 Willamette 
Pacific 0-3 Puget Sound 
Lewis & Clark 0-2 Linfield 

Saturday, November 8

George Fox 0-1 Whitworth 
Playing in the back line for the past few weeks, striker Tiara Pajimola (Spokane, WA) provided the game-winner in the 87th minute for their third consecutive victory by driving forward out of the midfield and firing from the top of the box into the lower left corner. It was her team high fifth. Andrea Stump made three saves as they outshot the Bruins 22-7 for the game with Christina McCormick hitting the crossbar in the 26th for the Pirates.  MORE [+]

Pacific 0-1 (OT) Willamette 
McKenzie Andringa (Yakima, WA) provided the winning goal 29 minutes in with a shot that deflected off a defender en route to goal.

Pacific Lutheran 0-2 Linfield
Lewis & Clark 0-2 Puget Sound

Final Standings: Puget Sound 13-3-0... Linfield 12-4-0... Pacific Lutheran 12-4-0... Whitman 7-5-4... Lewis & Clark 7-7-2... Whitworth 7-9-0... Willamette 3-11-2... Pacific 3-12-1... George Fox 3-12-1...  [No conference tournament]

Coming Up - ** NCAA TOURNAMENT ** 

Regionals (@ Washington University | St Louis, MO)

First Round - Saturday, November 15 
Puget Sound @ Washington University - TBD
Centre College @ Univ of Wisconsin-Whitewater - TBD

Second Round - Sunday, November 16 

Full Bracket [+]


On a play started by midfielder Summer Norquist (Boise, ID), the University of Redlands got their game-winner when a shot from Savannah Laursen (Boise, ID) was put away on the rebound of the save for a 1-0 win over top-seeded Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges Athenas Wednesday in the semifinals of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). The two then combined with Norquist heading in a corner to pull even in a 1-1 draw in the championship game against second-seed Cal Lutheran, winning the title and advancing to the NCAA tournament 4-2 in a shootout (Laursen converted the second, Norquist the fourth of the four rounds needed). They will face 18th-ranked Hardin-Simmons in the First Round.

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